Last Saturday J and I packed up the car and headed east river. Miss J, KJ’s Sister and a Cousin along with KJ’s Hubby, Mike, and I planned and pulled off a surprise birthday party.
I don’t remember who came up with the thought, I think it was KJ’s Sister. The initial idea was brainstormed on New Year’s Eve. We kept it a secret almost a year. The first rule of surprise party success was not telling the kids. KJ and Mike have 3 little ones and they were as surprised as she was.
Pictures: Upper Left: KJ opening her gift from me. Lower Left: KJ and I with The Pioneer Woman’s Holiday Cookbook.
Middle row: Top: KJ and J. Middle: Miss J and I. Bottom: Miss J and KJ.
Upper Right: Miss J a/k/a Hostess with the Mostess! Lower Right: KJ in B&W opening gifts.
Miss J was in charge of the menu. We had a delicious line up of cold savory and sweet dips and dippers. were a hit and so were the sweet snacks. KJ’s Sister was our head shopper and helped with party invitations. KJ’s Cousin is a graphic designer and was recruited to make formal invitations.and
I made the decor. I took mason jars hot glued a strip of burlap to them and layered a strip of ribbon and/or colored raffia. For an accent, I added a raffia bow or flowers.
Pictures: Upper Left: Mark, Miss J’s Husband, and J. Lower Left: KJ’s Cousin and daughter.
Middle row: Top: KJ and J. Middle: KJ. Bottom: KJ reading birthday cards.
Upper Right: KJ’s Cousin, two of KJ’s kiddos and her niece. Lower Right: Sir G, KJ’s youngest.
Sunday morning we woke up to the wonderful smell of egg bake in the slow cooker. After dinner the guys headed out to hunt pheasants. I went along to get some fresh air and capture some pictures.
Pictures: Upper Left: My Hubby. Lower Left: KJ’s Hubby and son L.
Middle row: Top: J. It has been a few year since J has had the chance to pheasant hunt. We had a beautiful afternoon to get a few birds. Middle: Mike and Kari along with Mike’s folks have a hunting business,, Bottom: KJ’s Father-in-Law and L.
Upper Right: KJ’s Father-in-Law and L. Lower Right: J, you may never see this many pictures of my Husband again.
A weekend with two of my closest girls was long over due. We had a great time with our friends as well as KJ and Mike’s families. It was really fun to come together and celebrate the birthday of a person that is so special to all of us!